Dog drop­pings mar­ring scenic track

Mi­nor­ity of own­ers ru­in­ing Mt Iron walk

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS -

It’s one of the best places in Wanaka to get a great work­out with a view but I’m get­ting sick of hav­ing to dodge the in­creas­ing piles of steam­ing dog poo lit­ter­ing the track on Mt Iron.

Tens of thou­sands of peo­ple make the trip over Mt Iron ev­ery year.

Many of them are vis­i­tors who get a stunning 360 de­gree view of this beau­ti­ful place we call home.

Many are also lo­cals who make the pil­grim­age on a regular ba­sis. Lots of those lo­cals take their dogs.

The ma­jor­ity of dog own­ers I know are re­spon­si­ble.

They love their dogs, they ex­er­cise them reg­u­larly and they clean up af­ter them – es­pe­cially if the of­fend­ing mat­ter is ly­ing in the mid­dle of a public track. While the dog owner is trained to go num­ber twos ei­ther be­fore or af­ter their walk, for man’s best friend all that run­ning around gets things mov­ing and the nat­u­ral re­ac­tion is to prop and poop wher­ever they are.

As the over­all num­ber of dog own­ers in­creases, it’s ob­vi­ous there are more ir­re­spon­si­ble ones among them who think it’s fine to leave Pluto’s pun­gent pile for me to have to avoid.

It’s not much fun try­ing to get dog crap out of the ridges on the soles of your shoes. So how do we fix the prob­lem?

Ban­ning all dogs would cer­tainly work but that’s not fair on those re­spon­si­ble own­ers who keep their dogs on leads and clean up af­ter them.

Maybe we could make it com­pul­sory to have all dogs in public places wear nap­pies? Don’t laugh, you can buy dog­gie di­a­pers. But then we’ve still got the same prob­lem.

There will al­ways be a mi­nor­ity who sim­ply don’t care.

Maybe our only re­course is to try a bit of public hu­mil­i­a­tion.

If we see some­one ig­nor­ing the re­sult of Fido’s bowel move­ment then we sim­ply tell them in a loud but firm voice ‘‘your dog seems to have dropped some­thing, you might want to pick it up’’. ◗ Ed Tay­lor is gen­eral manager of Warbirds Over Wanaka and reck­ons Wanaka is the best place in the world to live.

Leave our tracks alone

Please, please leave our tracks as they are. I have lived in Wanaka for 20 years and love both walk­ing and bik­ing in our lovely area. No com­mer­cial com­pany should have pref­er­ence over peo­ple to use th­ese tracks.

As far as the Out­let track goes, maybe close it to cy­cle traf­fic in De­cem­ber, Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary.

Lots of very good folk have made th­ese tracks pos­si­ble and they are a huge as­set to our com­mu­nity which a lot of oth­ers do not have. It is our job to pre­serve th­ese tracks and use them as they were in­tended, for public use, not guiding com­pa­nies.

An­gela Brown, Wanaka

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